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the u.n. asserts only it is able to provide a credible answer on whether toxic gas was used in syria last month as the u.s. ramps up its case for a military strike while continuing to blame the assad regime. members of the arab league refused to go along with the syria attack including iraq which is still witnessing the effects of the u.s. led invasion. radiation levels rocketed japan's crippled fukushima nuclear plant is reading show that exposure could cause the death in as little as four hours. says death stricken greece may need a third bailout while the country struggles to meet the terms of current payments and unemployment remains the highest in the e.u. .
forum in moscow bring you today's top stories and a look back at the week's news after being turned down by key international allies president obama has moved to gain domestic support for a strike on syria asking congress to a can attack and it pushing the assad regime or punishing the assad regime for allegedly using chemical weapons last month lawmakers will debate the issue when they return from their summer recess on september ninth artie's marine important as more from new york. obama said although he does believe that he has the authority to carry out a military attack without approval from congress he feels that the country would be strengthened by a public debate on the matter now the u.s. leader says that he feels absolutely comfortable carrying out a military attack against syria without the approval of the u.n. security council according to international law any military strike taken needs
approval from the security council and a resolution to be adopted but u.s. officials believe that any security draft resolution allowing for the use of force against syria would be vetoed by russia and or china now obama says washington's planned military strike against the mask is not time sensitive meaning it could happen one week from now or one month from now but ultimately the u.s. president says that the syrian government of bashar al assad will pay consequences for allegedly using chemical weapons after careful deliberation i have decided that the united states should take military action against syrian regime targets and should not be an open ended intervention we would not put boots on the ground. instead it would be designed to be limited duration and scope the white house released assessment of this use of chemical weapons on august twenty first and a countless amount of experts were not convinced by the intelligence that's been
presented nowhere in the report to the us confirmed that assad that the assad government used chemical weapons instead the four page report used were being such as we assess with high confidence or multiple streams of intelligence indicate that this week also saw america's major ally britain opting out of military intervention in syria and nato also said it would not be participating in a potential military strike in the meantime the u.n. investigation team that recently returned from damascus has announced that adam lies ng the samples from the site of the alleged syria come syrian chemical attack will take up to three weeks and many countries as well as the un secretary-general ban ki-moon have asked that no military action be taken before u.n. experts present their conclusion bolstering washington's case for intervention secretary of state john kerry claims the u.s. says samples of blood and hair that tested positive for signatures of the nerve
agent sarin raise questions about the speed of the analysis after the un's own inspectors said it will take up to three weeks to get a definitive conclusion about the alleged attack u.n. spokesman martin a serious q. stressed the u.n. is the only body with your authority to establish the facts. this morning as i'm sure you saw secretary kerry said very specifically talked about blood and hair samples seems like your lab is move pretty fast are you saying that their lab work is is is less than credible have they shared this evidence with the u.n. as the secretary general requested all i can do is repeat what i already said that the the united nations mission is uniquely capable of a stop wishing in impartial and credible manner the facts of any use of chemical weapons space directly on evidence collected from the ground ok and is the u.s. shared any of this evidence that is described with the u.n. well as we've said repeatedly said member states are encouraged to share information information they may have with regards to alleged incidents
u.s. confidence in its intelligence that was failed to convince the bulk of the american people that intervention in syria is necessary the numbers still show that the majority of u.s. citizens don't think that a serious strike is warranted while twenty percent are actually in favor of a military action more than half of those who participated in a reuters poll were against it and even if assad is implicated in chemical weapons use less than thirty percent still think the u.s. should attack syria richard becker from the antiwar answer coalition says the u.s. doesn't have a legal basis or authority to punish damascus first of all it doesn't it defies logic that the assad government would have used chemical weapons at exactly the moment that they were winning and the u.n. inspectors were there but secondly even if that that had happened the united states does not have the authority it's not the pull the cop of the world to be able to go in and attack any country and syria has not threatened and cannot threaten the
united states if they launch a war it would not only be reckless it would also be lawless and it would also have unforeseeable consequences as all wars do before they begin. despite that it'll be more than a week till congress meets to decide on syria intervention the u.s. military in the region already waiting for the green light to strike its naval forces in the mediterranean now number five destroyers and in fifty assault ship with hundreds of marines aboard officials stress the troops aren't part of a military buildup and it's just a precaution the destroyers pack some serious firepower though each of them carrying up to ninety tomahawk cruise missiles which can strike syria from a safe distance while dealing a massive blow to the country meanwhile the possibility of a military strike has been met with opposition by some major regional powers an emergency meeting of the influential arab league saudi arabia called for members to back a strike on damascus because our policy reports the call was rejected by countries including egypt lebanon and iraq. regional leaders are warning the united states not to attack damascus warning that this could lead to massive violence now as you
can well imagine the mood on the ground is extremely tense we're hearing from the iraqi prime minister nouri al maliki urging the united states not to carry out any kind of military action this is noteworthy of course because iraq is a country that was invaded under somewhat similar circumstances and that invasion was to establish a so-called democratic government and it's now that government that is urging the united states not to carry out any kind of military action to create the same kind of scenario at the arab league meeting on sunday in cairo the iraqi foreign minister voted against any green light for military action inside syria we've also heard from jordan warning that it will not allow its a space to be used in any kind of military strike on syria with the jordanian government spokesperson saying that jordan too will not participate in any kind of strike against damascus so as you can see a lot of consensus in the region against any kind of u.s.
intervention in syria those against a military attack in syria holding mass protests in cities around the world in turkey riot police disperse those rally in support of damascus security forces also block the entrance to the city's gazey park to prevent a demonstration there as well in the states people took to the streets to express their opposition to a possible attack on syria protesters gathered in front of the white house after the president's announcement about a strike and crowds turned out also in new york at a rally in paris marchers held up signs part of president obama and david cameron terrorists. u.s. administration's anti syrian rhetoric house part warnings and some criticism from moscow as well president vladimir putin said washington's assessment that the assad regime had launched a chemical attack against its own people is quote nonsense or he is trying thomas' more. moscow has been very busy this week urging the west not to intervene in the situation in syria vladimir putin spoke on the situation saying that the
idea of the assad regime using chemical weapons in country is ridiculous saying the situation on the ground just does not allow for it he said that the g twenty summit this week is a good place for the global leaders to discuss the situation in syria he also called on president obama as a nobel laureate not just as a fellow head of state a winner of the nobel peace prize to consider his actions and what it would mean for military intervention and more loss of life in the country the president said of course russia is against the idea of the use of chemical weapons but in this case that the global community needed to wait for the u.n. to do its job and then present evidence to the u.n. security council and then they would decide how to react in a lawful manner according to international laws and what he had to say about that when it comes to the stance of our american partners friends who are insisting that syrian forces have used w m d's in this case chemical weapons and stating to have
proof they should demonstrate that proof to the u.n. inspectors and the security council the claims that the proof exists that cannot be shown to to secrecy studios stand up to criticisms it's disrespectful towards america's global partners if there is proof it has to be shown it is not showing it doesn't exist and the president also said that he was pleasantly surprised at the situation in the u.k. as the british parliament debated and then voted down the idea of military intervention in syria right now the global community is waiting to see if the u.s. congress will follow suit and also continue in a spirited debate as obama has sent the idea of military intervention to congress will be keeping an eye on the syrian crisis here on r t you can also follow the latest developments on our web site r.t. dot com bring you live updates on the issue plus analysis and. commentary. still to come this hour video nasties a series of empty is long d.v.d.'s said time loss or process london sparking fears
of a growing anti muslim backlash after attacks by extremists plus. argues balls for the most spectacular thrills and spills from the last day of the max twenty third twenty third team an air show near moscow that in a couple of minutes stay with us. the. economic ups and downs in the final months but long the deal sank i and the rest because i think the case will be if we own the.
technology innovation called a list of elements from around russia we've gone to the future and covered. thirteen minutes past the hour radiation a chimpanzee devastated fukushima nuclear plant as reached lethal levels with readings eighteen times higher than previously thought exposure could lead to death within just four hours this after a massive leak of radioactive water a week ago which may have reached the ocean the fukushima plant damaged by
a powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck japan in march two thousand and eleven plant operator tepco announced friday that it found new radiation hotspots and parts of the compound where contaminated water is stored at a pet nuclear consultant sean bernese says tepco has lost control of the crisis which could have been even worse than chernobyl to himself didn't help that's the there will be no one as it seems to see it dealing with a very complex three react to melt down and spin in the news seagate to begin not enough workers incite the workers and don't be getting dc's that not being told about the them selves and for they know. and going forward this is a problem it is only going to get worse they're going to be where we get into absolute certainty the amount on street. savings is there's three times as much caesium it's very dangerous you get you get you see times as much as was released
by the accident he's currently sitting in the change in the tubes so you should see . for other stories you won't find on air click on r t dot com right now in the in motion section of our website you can find come rain or shine this time it looks like rain military bands in the world turning out in their finest hearse to the delight of crowds in red square plus. euro stone the study reveals that britain has the highest levels of addiction on the continent get the details at our. german chancellor angela merkel's admitted that debt stricken greece may need a third rescue package earlier the greek finance minister tried to downplay the ongoing speculation saying if the country needs additional help in the future the sum will be significantly less than two hundred forty billion it's already secured greece got its first bailout of one hundred ten billion euros back in two thousand and ten athens accepted it to accepted it had to cut its spending by embracing
austerity add another one hundred thirty billion followed shortly thereafter but the public debt has only been growing in those three years at the beginning of the meltdown iraq added to one hundred twenty nine percent of the country's g.d.p. the extra eight boosted that by more than a quarter meanwhile the painful austerity measures and job cuts have pushed the unemployment rate in the country to becoming the highest in europe back in two thousand and ten with the recession already taking its toll the unemployment rate was at almost fifteen percent but that number has only been increasing to a record of twenty seven point six percent young people appear to be worst affected with nearly sixty five percent of those between ages fifteen and twenty four without jobs and just this summer the government passed another bill that could see tens of thousands of public workers losing their livelihoods earlier my colleague kevin owen an r.t.c. group is going to have talked about whether the e.u. financial help is worth the price. quite a lot of people are being affected these layoffs really are aimed mainly at
the public sector and the public sector traditionally is the foundation of the greek economy and that's why so many people are taking to the streets to protest. let's let's go to our cities kind of go to. we've spoken to many times before every time we've talked about the huge amounts the billions being poured in decreased international lenders we heard eagle there you seen it firsthand that you know the guys he's talking to at least a pretty depressed they don't see the light at the end of the tunnel you're in athens what's your view well it is obvious by now. the whole scenario adopted for greece has been like as a straw for. this by those huge huge bailout loans greek debt is the very high it would have reached peak over three hundred and twenty one billion euros did so that means that we're much worse than when the debt crisis started the bailouts were bad the bailouts were carolan
a set of european studies in brussels. was it pouring good money after bad do you think you're a proponent of the bailout on the turn and it would have been much worse much worse situation i don't think from greece you have to look very far you simply look to bulgaria for example to see i mean the whole much worse it could have been the still today living standards in reserve are higher than they are in bulgaria if greece were to have left the euro zone and that's why men favor all further beno i think it's a disastrous idea once you realized you've made a mistake you should stop doing it it is very simple the bailout is not helping the greek people we've just seen the images of people homeless people living in shelters losing their jobs cannot pay the rent their pension funds are disappearing now the bailout money is not aimed to help the greek people it is a. huge rescue package for bags just because who has benefited who has been. most not the banks but i think germany has benefited most from the euro zone that's
why i see the us come painting on staying within the euro zone and that's why merkel has forty percent of the approval rate because germany is thriving germany exports all over europe and they are have a disability interest in having a stable currency zone. to london to brussels i can only say that he is looking at the completely wrong end of the stick simple is that the euro was a political project it never had any financial standing. and he is supporting a political decision not the economy and germany is has vowed to cover twenty six percent roughly a quarter of the bailout money that is going to greece now we're looking at two hundred fourteen billion that means german taxpayers in the end will have to pay for sixty billion euros this money is badly needed in germany our infrastructure is suffering the railway system needs. investment so does the famed out to bonn and the industry. i think mr the greek colleague is only rooke looking at
this one side of the coin and not seeing and not realizing the long term effects. there now to some other stories making global headlines beginning in egypt the ousted egyptian president mohamed morsi and trial with fourteen other muslim brotherhood members on charges of inciting murder accusations simple violence to the presidential palace in cairo last december that seven protesters dead demonstration triggered by morsi decision to expand his powers the former leader still being held in a secret location in the country remains mired in a political crisis. incredible dash footage emerging from taiwan where a potentially deadly double near miss as the car you see in front gets hit by a landslide along a coastal road and then just narrowly there miss is being crushed by that tremendous boulder the cars passengers managed to escape only with minor injuries taiwan remains on high alert as tyrannical downpours from tropical storm kong
already continue battering the island nation. in pakistan a roadside bomb claimed the lives of at least nine the blast happened when a convoy was passing through the northern province of was not far from the afghan border at least twenty one soldiers reported wounded the turbulent region has seen violent attacks by both al qaeda and the taliban and u.s. drones hunting militants often catch civilians in the crossfire on saturday a drone raid killed three foreign militants london police investigating after a series of islamophobia d.v.d.'s were sent to several mosques with muslim organizations in the british capital they contain pornographic and abusive images mocking the prophet mohammed post news footage about extremism in incident part of a growing wave of offensive acts toward british muslims tests are cilia reports. my name is gavin baby and i'm the lawyer behind freedom foundation we still. that is we help local neighborhoods resist planning applications for mosques and we
went that's now sixteen wins out of eighteen cases a controversial member somewhere further to the mosque buster objections raised by locals pertaining to mosques and clued traffic congestion on the general noise and disturbance which does concern people on the first one was the loss of a retail facility all of which are legal objections but he says his motivation is deeper than that islamic doctrine it is a wrong doctrine now vacuous contrary to ring for sure if a company church was passing death sentences if a synagogue was to commit acts of war would immediately that has to be stopped when you have a man who he soon ideologically opposed knows little about these numbers face even if you want he is suggesting that he doesn't give credence to some of those views really but the gruesome murder of a british soldier by self-confessed islamic fanatics fueled anti muslim sentiment
on the muslim myself and. speaking to muslims a sprint on the cross you know the people are feeling vulnerable because the they do feel as if the muslim community is being picked on we have had instances where a local mosque had just thrown into it last year after a decade of dispute the new and council rejected an application for a so-called mega mosque the site of which is just down the road over here it would have accommodated up to ten thousand worshippers the group that had campaigned against it called themselves mega mosque no thanks and some muslim groups have also opposed a project but beyond just the construction of mosques the polarized opinions put the spotlight once again on why. this is happening in the first place the polarization of opinion that we see i think is poor only to to the failure within
multiculturalism most simply become the symbol i think for this great things on the table a recent you gov poll compared answers given by respondents in event by two thousand and twelve and may two thousand and thirteen and showed an increase in the number of people who agree that there will be a clash of civilizations between british muslims and native white britons in recent times a growing number of voices have stated that multiculturalism has failed as a concept which is a controversial way to put it but what's certain ignoring this issue make a clash of cultures and the less likely just are so you are to be in london russian max two thousand and thirteen air and space show made its final approach injury to a close the flight program on the last day curtailed due to heavy rains but the public still saw some breathtaking stunts this year's event has beaten previous attendance record with more than three hundred thousand visitors in its five days artie's paul scott reports. it's been a good weekend for the crowds unfortunately the weather on the final day has was
disrupted the shuttle slightly this big thick gray clouds above us and the rain has predominantly held off it has made visibility quite difficult the highlights on the final day included a display from the russian knights the robotic display wing of the russian half force for the planes came out and thrilled the crowd with that death defying stomach churning stunts we also saw commercial flights as well the airbus a three eighty was spinning around the heads. they were military on display the highlights of which was the the showing of the t fifty which is the stealth fighter that is going to be parts of russia's force come two thousand and six day now final testing on those planes is still going ahead it's expected to be completed by the end of two thousand and thirteen when the russian air force will take delivery on some of those some of those stealth fighters the rule was deafening the crowds as the plane were still around overhead it really was an impressive sight right.
now unfortunately the weather on the final day put paid to a display from better kuti which is the helicopter display team of the russian air force they were meant to impress the crowds on sunday afternoon but that was council however they did participate in the weekend over friday and saturday when the weather was slightly better organizes will be looking back on a record breaking year for max in terms of business deals struck almost sixteen billion u.s. dollars worth of contracts were signed it was record breaking as well in terms of number of attendees with representatives from more than one thousand companies worldwide from forty four different countries striking various deals and. still to come issue of gay rights in russia has been sparking international controversy in about twenty minutes catch our panel discussion on that as r.t. looks at how it compares to what's happening in other places and what not to do with the sochi winter games coming up though all the latest from the world of
business with venture capital after a short break. many gay bars are starting to refuse to sell russian vodka as a means of protesting the homosexual propaganda laws in russia as i've said before boycotts are a great way to put pressure on people but are they putting pressure on the right people not only is it racist to assume that hurting the vodka flow will deal a massive blow to the russian economy but it is also racist to think that any vodka with a russian sounding name is itself russian and many videos angry gay bartenders were pouring stolichnaya vodka which should be pronounced by the way onto the ground in a fury but if those bartenders would take a closer look at the labels they would see that exported stoli is produced in bold in latvia by the s.p.i. group not in russia also according to the n.p.t.
group beverage alcohol report the most popular vodka in america with a russian sounding name is smirnoff which is british own and produced and bottled in various countries around the globe including the usa itself we do support the american worker people love to panic over the hip and trendy scandal of the month but everyone seems to be ignoring the fact that homosexuality itself is legal in russia and is punishable in many other countries including a death sentence in some of them and yet russia gets all the attention if people really wanted to effectively boycott any country with any laws even hinting against homosexuality they would have to hit them where it hurts and stop getting natural resources imported from countries like russia saudi arabia venezuela and iran and so on and so on that is a vastly more difficult proposition than pouring american made vodka onto the sidewalk but that's just my opinion.
going on you know the obama administration's can. we need insistence that the syrian regime must be punished for alleged use of chemical weapons has convinced you of washington's traditional allies the americans have said they will strike syria on their own if they have to what does this say about america's standing in the middle east and the future of the international. how that works but how to do it with me thank you karim this week we preview the deep cut is that find out what's on the top of the agenda about one more time to when they. look up here at tally the batteries. the details on that one o'clock. on the way back to you made me feel and how much think how much money he's got that there is a bunker mentality you bet i. can
say i have a western military action against the syrian government this week resulted in turmoil in the financial world with oil spiking to a six month high and investors pulling else of global axes with concerns that an attack on syria will bring about serious consequences and threaten global supply meanwhile safe havens gold and u.s. treasuries as investors proceed with caution so it's more a market's reaction to the political rhetoric over syria and joined by mike ingram from b.b.c. partners it has been a tumultuous week for the market says been a lot going on can you just start off by telling me the general for the anxiety what is a general feeling in the financial world at the moment in response to what's happening . well i mean i think you know the prospects of the west getting in improving waters at this stage are.